One in every
four women will
experience domestic violence in her lifetime.1
1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate
partner each year.2
85% of domestic
violence victims are women.3
females have been most often victimized by someone they knew.4
Females who are
20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of
nonfatal intimate partner violence.5
Most cases of
domestic violence are never reported to the police.6
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the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, "Extent, Nature
and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence: Findings from the
National Violence Against Women Survey," (2000).
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Centers for Injury Prevention and Control. Atlanta, GA.
Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief, Intimate Partner
Violence, 1993-2001, February 2003.
Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, "Criminal
Victimization, 2005," September 2006.
Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, "Intimate
Partner Violence in the United States," December 2006.
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